Departing employees can steal a business' trade secrets to compete against their former employers. Taking trade secrets has become easier, as data can be downloaded in a handful of keystrokes. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act can help protect you against electronic theft. We are often consulted about how to protect confidential business information and what to do when that information is compromised. I've addressed the topic in many columns, addressing the recruitment of distributor personnel and explaining the inevitable disclosure doctrine that allows courts to enjoin the inevitable disclosure of confidential business or trade secret information when an employee with such information joins a competitor. Classically, a shrewd departing employee will take '